General Education Model


TRU's general education model and eight institutional learning outcomes (ILO) were unanimously approved by Senate on April 29, 2019. A notice of motion was served at the same Senate meeting regarding revisions to policy ED 16-0 Types of Undergraduate and Graduate Credentials, which incorporates the general education model and ILOs, this policy was unanimously approved at the May 27, 2019 meeting of Senate.

Information for Faculty


  • Program chairs are the primary contact for questions regarding program requirements.
  • Degree Works contains the approved program requirements and is the primary tool for advising.
  • General Education Procedures Guide provides guidance on the academic approval process, including ILO course criteria.
  • For more information, including a list of approved courses, and foci tools for ILOs, HIP, and capstone courses, visit the Academic Approvals OneTRU site, General Education Model page, or contact Dr. Alana Hoare, Quality Assurance Officer, at

Effective date

TRU’s general education requirements for baccalaureate degree programs, including delayed entry programs, will be effective Fall 2023, as per policy ED 16-0. To meet this deadline, programs modifications need to be completed prior to Spring 2023. Revisions to Policy ED 16-0 to incorporate an effective date of Fall 2023 were submitted to the Policy Subcommittee of APPC on Oct. 1, 2021, and are pending Senate approval.

Currently one-third of baccalaureate degree programs have embedded the general education requirements into the program requirements. Over the next two years, program changes will be dynamic. As programs are modified to include the general education requirements, Degree Works will reflect the program changes, which will be based on admittance year (catalogue term). For example, if a program modification is approved in November 2021, it will come into effect Fall 2022, as is common practice.

Advisors should use Degree Works to determine the program requirements.

Delayed entry programs

Over the next two years, as programs are modified, Degree Works will reflect the approved program changes; however, for delayed entry programs, program changes will come into effect Fall 2023, regardless of the date that program modifications are approved.

As per policy ED 16-0, delayed entry is defined as:

Delayed entry which usually focuses on preparing students for entry into a profession or occupational field and require the following:

  1. Cumulative credits are undergraduate credits required for admission plus credits required to complete the degree.
  2. A minimum of prior university undergraduate credit for admission.

TRU delayed entry programs:

  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Open Learning only)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (On Campus and Open Learning)
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Real Estate Management
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management (Open Learning only)
  • Bachelor of Technology (On Campus and Open Learning)
  • Bachelor of Technology, Trades and Technology Leadership
  • Juris Doctorate

Transfer credit

If a transfer course is deemed equivalent to a TRU course that has an institutional learning outcome (ILO), high impact practice, or capstone designation then it will automatically receive that designation. For transfer credit that is not directly equivalent, students may seek exception for an ILO. Disciplinary experts will conduct the assessment using the relevant foci tool. Based on the advice of disciplinary experts, credit for the ILO may be given along with transfer credit. This only applies to transfer courses that are not deemed equivalent to a TRU course.

Information for Students

TRU is dedicated to preparing students to succeed in their future careers and address the social, environmental and ethical challenges of today and tomorrow. To support student success, TRU identified eight institutional learning outcomes (ILO) that all bachelors degree students will achieve as part of completion of their degree. These ILOs ensure students will graduate with a well-rounded base of knowledge in a variety of areas, in addition to the specialized knowledge they acquire in their degree.

For more information, please visit individual program pages or speak with an academic advisor. Students who have declared a major can also use Degree Works to plan their courses.

Learn more about TRU's Institutional Learning Outcomes.

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